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Stop the Presses — Center for American Progress Likes CAIR, Hates Frank Gaffney!

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Posted on February 3 2011 8:00 am

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Scott Keyes at Think Progress (a distribution arm of the Center for American Progress, not that there’s anything wrong with that) has written a thoughtful, well-researched and meticulously argued piece entitled Leading Neoconservative Frank Gaffney Argues Muslim Brotherhood Has ‘Infiltrated’ The Federal Government.

Nah, just kidding. It’s actually just another bungled ambush attempt by a junior ribbon-clerk whose patent inability to construct an argument is only rivaled by the leaden predictability of his prose. (Well golly, that was harsh. One might almost think that Mr. Keyes sand-bagging of a good, decent and thoughtful man had set me off.)

But don’t take my word for it, let’s read together:

Amidst the political upheaval in Egypt, conservatives are scare-mongering about the possible Muslim Brotherhood takeover of Egypt. But leading neoconservative Frank Gaffney is taking Muslim Brotherhood fearmongering [sic] to new heights. This past weekend, Gaffney was a featured speaker at the Educational Policy Conference in St. Louis, an annual gathering of social conservatives. Gaffney used the opportunity to discuss how the Muslim Brotherhood is not only poised to implement a new theocracy in Egypt, but is also operating in the United States under “front groups” like the Council on American-Islamic Relations, a civil liberties group dedicated to “protecting the rights of all Americans, regardless of faith.”

Just to save us all some time let me see if I can respond in kind:

Amidst the political upheaval in Egypt, liberals are in deep denial about the possible Muslim Brotherhood takeover of Egypt. But Progressive Media researcher and general non-entity Scott Keyes has taken this denial to new heights. Just yesterday, someone let him out of the microfiche library long enough to write a hit piece about Frank Gaffney. Keyes used the opportunity to mock Gaffney’s utterly unrefuted argument that the Muslim Brotherhood is not only poised to implement a new theocracy in Egypt, but is also operating in the United States under “front groups” like the Council on American-Islamic Relations, whom Keyes characterizes as a “a civil liberties group dedicated to ‘protecting the rights of all Americans, regardless of faith’” … because they said so.  Presumably Mr. Keyes plans to apply the same intellectual rigor to his next lunch hour special: “Joseph Stalin – Deeply Misunderstood Agrarian Reformer.”

You see how easy this stuff is to write when you don’t have to worry about supporting your assertions with facts or logic? In Keyes’ world (and what a “dress to the Left” world it is) it’s simple: Summarize your victim’s arguments, liberally surround certain terms with quotation marks so your slower readers will know when to roll their eyes, and inject phrases like:

Echoing the McCarthyist anti-communist rhetoric of the 1950s …

So even your catatonic readers will know when to throw rocks and garbage.

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